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Symphonies 31, 59 And 73

Joseph Haydn , Nikolaus Harnoncourt , Vienna Concentus Musicus Audio CD

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1. Symphony No. 31 In D Major: Symphony no.31 in D Major: Allegro
2. Symphony No. 31 In D Major: Symphony no.31 in D Major: Adagio
3. Symphony No. 31 In D Major: Symphony no.31 in D Major: Menuetto - Trio
4. Symphony No. 31 In D Major: Symphony no.31 in D Major: Finale: Moderato Molto - Presto
5. Symphony NO. 59 In A Major Feuer: Symphony no.59 in A Major: Presto
6. Symphony NO. 59 In A Major Feuer: Symphony no.59 in A Major: Andante Piu Tosto Allegretto
7. Symphony NO. 59 In A Major Feuer: Symphony no.59 in A Major: Menuetto - Trio
8. Symphony NO. 59 In A Major Feuer: Symphony no.59 in A Major: Allegro Assai
9. Symphony No. 73 In D Major La Chase: Symphony no.73 in D Major: Adagio - Allegro
10. Symphony No. 73 In D Major La Chase: Symphony no.73 in D Major: Andante
11. Symphony No. 73 In D Major La Chase: Symphony no.73 in D Major: Menuetto - Trio
12. Symphony No. 73 In D Major La Chase: Symphony no.73 in D Major: Presto (La Chasse)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Oh, the horns!! 3 Feb 2003
By Daniel Manley - Published on Amazon.com
I bought this CD for the horn parts alone. Bright, brassy and raw, these parts (played on natural horns) are what make these symphonies a treat to listen to. Overall though, these symphonies are very original and inventive. Much more, I find, than his later symphonies. Seems Haydn perhaps mellowed out in his old age. If you're looking for a "firey" recording of Haydn symphonies, you should definitely buy this recording.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Bullseye 30 Jan 2011
By Bernard Michael O'Hanlon - Published on Amazon.com
Period Practice does not come better than this. If the opening of the Hornsignal does not grab you by the . . . . . . widgets, then perhaps you should have been more careful with those scissors when you were younger.

The virtuosity and musicianship of Harnoncout and the Concentus Musicus Wien are astounding. Better still, they sound enraptured from the first bar until the last and why wouldn't they be? The Hornsignal, Fire and La Chasse are three of Haydn's greatest creations and none the worse for lacking the neuroticism of Late Romanticism. Surely the Lord of the Dance must revel in this music. Contrary to expectations, Harnoncourt imparts charm to proceedings; the slow movement of the Hornsignal is a nocturne and idiomatically played here: one is transported back to the 'Magic Castle' in the middle of the Hungarian countryside with nary a light-globe to sully the stars above. The concertante finale of the same symphony is magically played with poise and stillness. The horn-passages throughout are undertaken with great verse and brio. And what could one possibly say of the finale of La Chasse that would do it justice? It carries all before it.

As played like this, there are no greater symphonies in the world. None.

When I worked in a classical music shop, I would often thunder out this CD on the sound-system and not once did I manage to play it all the way through: it inevitably found a home well before the hunt began in the last movement of La Chasse.

At the behest of his 'Wild Man of Borneo' daemon, Harnoncourt has recorded any number of howlers over time. Here, his madness is transfigured into genius. Redemption accordingly is his.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recently reissued by Teldec and worth the money 20 Aug 2009
By Larry VanDeSande - Published on Amazon.com
This is easily one of conductor Nickolas Harnoncourt's greatest recordings, the 1990s collection of Haydn's horn-driven symphonies Nos. 31 "Hornsignal," 59 "Fire" and 73 "La Chasse" or the chase. The braying of four natural horns that opens Symphony 31 is the best sound this music has ever had going for it!

Traditionalists that don't like period strings and sound are probably the only people that shouldn't bother with this issue. Harnoncourt is one of the crown princes of the period movement, perhaps establishing the first well-known period performance way back in the 1960s with that recording of Bach's Brandenburg concertos. His band uses period instruments and plays without vibrato here but that hardly does anything to get in the way of these magnificent renderings.

Everyone else is going to be swept away by the elan and joie de vive of the Hornsignal, masculine playing in the Fire symphony, and the dance rhythm the conductor gets out of his orchestra in the chase. For his part, Harnoncourt is on his best behavior, eschewing the many highly personal and idioscyncratic devices he often injects into music of the great composers. No great slowdowns, stop or ritards affects this issue.

If you haven't found the reisssue and came here instead, either buy the used versions from someone or keep looking. Don't pay anyone $50 or $100 since you can get this new somewhere in the world. However, if you have the money to spend, this is a Haydn recording that is definitely worth it!
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